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A planetary nebula, the final stage of a low-mass star’s life as it casts off its gaseous envelope and becomes a white dwarf.Two stars orbit inside a gaseous disk.The expelled envelope of the dying star breaks out from this disk to create twin lobes. From Earth, this phenomenon can be observed in M2-9 (the Butterfly Nebula), also known as Minkowski’s Butterfly, at 9100 light-years away.Gorgeous.- BF 

A planetary nebula, the final stage of a low-mass star’s life as it casts off its gaseous envelope and becomes a white dwarf.
Two stars orbit inside a gaseous disk.
The expelled envelope of the dying star breaks out from this disk to create twin lobes. From Earth, this phenomenon can be observed in M2-9 (the Butterfly Nebula), also known as Minkowski’s Butterfly, at 9100 light-years away.

Gorgeous.

- BF 

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